Part of the Penguin’s Clothbound Classics range.
This epic tale, one of the oldest surviving records of Classic verse, telling the story of Odysseus and his ten-year journey home after the Trojan War forms one of the earliest and greatest works of Western literature.
Confronted by natural and supernatural threats - shipwrecks, battles, monsters and the implacable enmity of the sea-god Poseidon - Odysseus must use his wit and native cunning if he is to reach his homeland safely and overcome the obstacles that, even there, await him.
Part of Penguin's beautiful hardback Clothbound Classics series, designed by the award-winning Coralie Bickford-Smith, these delectable and collectible editions are bound in high-quality colourful, tactile cloth with foil stamped into the design.
Seven Greek cities claim the honour of being the birthplace of Homer (c. 8th-7th century BC), the poet to whom the composition of the Iliadand Odyssey are attributed. The Iliad is the oldest surviving work of Western literature, but the identity - or even the existence - of Homer himself is a complete mystery, with no reliable biographical information having survived.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 538 g
Dimensions: 205 x 137 x 35 mm
"[Fitzgerald's Odyssey and Iliad] open up once more the unique greatness of Homer's art at the level above the formula; yet at the same time they do not neglect the brilliant texture of Homeric verse at the level of the line and the phrase." -The Yale Review
"[In] Robert Fitzgerald's translation . . . there is no anxious straining after mighty effects, but rather a constant readiness for what the occasion demands, a kind of Odyssean adequacy to the task in hand, and this line-by-line vigilance builds up into a completely credible imagined world."
-from the Introduction by Seamus Heaney
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This was the most enjoyable read I have had for a very long time, all 577 pages of it. Like many people I have enjoyed snippets of The Odyssey such as the stories of Polyphemus, Nausicaa, Circe and the Sirens but... More
“Faithful and fresh”
Only halfway through reading it yet (Waterstones, you overestimate my speed at reading the books I buy...) but this is a lovely translation. Enjoying it very much. This is the first time I am reading it without... More
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